THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) asked the Congress to decide before September ends whether the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will push through on October.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they want the lawmakers to resolve the issue to spare the poll body of incurring unnecessary expenses.

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“If possible, let’s settle this right away before September ends,” he said during Thursday’s briefing.

“If the announced postponement will be after September, our losses have mounted. So, if you can announce before September, essentially there will be no losses because we won’t be going through the procurements,” he explained.

Among the procurements they have to make are the production of ballots, replenishing the ballot boxes and procurement of supplies to be used in the conduct of polls, among others.

The members of Congress have different proposals regarding the conduct of both elections two months from now.

President Benigno Aquino III wants to push through with the polls and synchronize the next one with the national and local polls come 2013.

On the other hand, senators are seeking to postpone and instead conduct it in 2012, while congressmen are eyeing the postponement until next year.

Jimenez meantime said the chance that the barangay and SK polls would be moved is 75 percent. (FP/Sunnex)